Leicester City: A look back at the success of Jonathan Morgan

Manager Jonathan Morgan of Leicester City looks on.
Manager Jonathan Morgan of Leicester City looks on during the FA Continental League Cup match against Manchester City at The Academy Stadium on 22 September 2019. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Leicester City recently announced the departure of head coach Jonathan Morgan, as well as coaching staff Michael Makoni and Holly Morgan.

The Foxes failed to gain points off their last eight league appearances, ultimately leading to the club’s decision. Morgan leaves the club after being appointed to the side in 2014.

The family behind Leicester’s success

The Morgan family has had a major influence on the club over the past 12 years. Jade, Jonathan, and Holly Morgan have all been involved with the club, each under different roles, with their father Rohan being the former owner of the women’s side.

In the summer of 2020, Leicester City obtained full ownership of the women’s team, professionalising the side of the club. During this shift in ownership, Jade resumed her role as General Manager of the team. Jonathan remained as head coach and Holly played a role as club captain until retiring in mid-2021. Holly then shifted to a coaching role before departing alongside her brother.

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Making their way into the WSL

Despite the Foxes’ struggle so far in their debut WSL season, Morgan has built a strong side over the course of seven years. From competing in the Midlands Division One, to gaining promotion in the Championship to land them a place in the WSL.

During the 2020/21 season, Leicester had a very successful campaign. Winning the league title with only two losses all season, they set the record for the most consecutive wins in the Championship (12).

In tournament play, Leicester made it to the quarter-finals of both the 2019/20 and 2020/21 FA Cup. They were knocked out by Manchester City on both occasions.

In the 2020/21 Continental League Cup, the Foxes made it to the semi-finals, which is the farthest they have ever gone in the competition. This season, they currently sit in third in their Conti Cup group.

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Witnessing change at the club

While being at the club for so long, Morgan was among those who witnessed the drastic shift in which the club faced over the course of several years.

When Morgan took over as the manager of Leicester, his side would have to train in car parks and use sheds as their changing rooms.

Today, the Foxes train at Belvoir Drive, the men’s former training ground, and share their home ground at the King Power Stadium. The club went from not having enough players to field during games at times, to offering an appeal for players that they have signed from clubs from all over.

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It’s incredibly easy to look at Leicester’s current run of results and brush over the achievements of the past. But, without Morgan, Leicester may not be in the WSL today.

From bringing the Foxes from the bottom all the way to the top, Morgan has been a part of it all. He is one of the key figures who pushed Leicester to all of their achievements.

A new chapter for Leicester

The club has announced that they are in the process of finding a new manager. Until then, club legend Emile Heskey will oversee first team training. Heskey currently acts as an ambassador for the women’s team, as well as is the Head of Women’s Football Development at the club.

The Foxes currently sit at 12th in the league, having yet to gain any points. Their next league fixture is against Arsenal on Sunday, 12 December.

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